Despite PM’s Bad Mind PUP Elected Area Reps Spreading the Christmas Cheer


Belize City: Thursday 20th December 2018

Annually the bad minded Prime Minister punish people from the different constituencies’ country-wide who voted for a PUP Representative and this year was no different. The PM disbursed $625 thousand dollars in Christmas cheer handing out $25 thousand dollars to his UDP elected Area Representatives and $12 thousand 5 hundred to the PUP Area Representatives.

Acquiring this Christmas Cheer money is not easy task because the PUP Area Rep needs to 1) identify a company registered under GOB’s Smart stream system 2) identify the products 3) Get an invoice from the business and take to GOB for approval 4) go back to GOB to get a purchase order and, 5) take purchase order back to the business who will then issue the product and eventually be paid directly by GOB.

That did not dampen the spirits of our 10 elected PUP Area Representatives. After all this back and forth most of the Area Representatives held Christmas parties, handed out toys to thousands of children and hampers filled with groceries to the most needy.

Area Representative for Toledo West, Honorable Oscar Requeña told the Belize Times it is not much and he used a different method. In his constituency he will distribute the purchase orders to the leaders of the 28 communities. The leaders will then distribute the products in a manner as they see fit.

Area Representative for Orange Walk South, Honorable Jose Mai spent far more than the amount allocated to him to make sure most children in his constituency got goodie bags. Honorable Mai along with Santa visited every single school from Yo Creek Village all the way to Gallon Jug Village. He also identified several needy families and distributed gift certificates for groceries redeemable at a specific store.

Area Representative for Cayo South West, Honorable Julius Espat says he will use the purchase orders toward helping several families in need. For Hon. Espat assisting families in his constituency is 365 days of the year occurrence. Currently families in Unitedville Village are going through a really tough time because they are experiencing a severe water shortage. Weekly the Cayo South Committee rents a water truck, fill it up with water purchased from Belize Water Service (BWS) and distribute it door to door in the village.

With the little they received and with a whole lot